Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings ★★★

The first half of this film is just phenomenal and features some of the absolute best fight choreography Marvel has ever done. It's a shame they didn't keep that energy going for the rest of the film though.

There are far too many flashbacks here, inserted at seemingly random times to give us exposition on things we already know about, or at least have figured out already. These make the film way too overlong and bloated. Also, there's just way too much unnecessary badly done CGI here. It makes the whole finale feel fake, lazy, and dulls down the character development that's occurring.

I think this film essentially suffers from the flaws most origin stories suffer from. It doesn't understand how to pace itself out and keeps treating the audience like they're idiots who won't understand a film unless it fills in every single possible gap and possible question that anyone could ever have.

All that said, this is by no means a bad film. In fact, I think it's incredibly entertaining and again, has some of the best scenes marvels created. The scene on the bus is a real standout and I think that once this story moves past its origin it's going to be one of the greatest Marvel films. Tony Leung Chiu-wai also helps elevate this film to a ridiculously high standard of performance and I was impressed with how well Simu Liu was able to play off him.

Yeah, it's not my favorite Marvel film and it certainly has it's flaws but I had an absolute blast watching this in theaters and I am so so excited for this phase of Marvel and to see how this character specifically develops. Really great to be back in the theater with this franchise.

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